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120128 AR 'Blockbuster Poetry': Britain's Best-Loved Lyrics (2008S)

1.50 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

ECTS 343 Diplomstudium UniStG: 2.00

Details

Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 02.04. 12:00 - 13:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 09.04. 12:00 - 13:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 16.04. 12:00 - 13:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 23.04. 12:00 - 13:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 30.04. 12:00 - 13:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 07.05. 12:00 - 13:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 14.05. 12:00 - 13:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 21.05. 12:00 - 13:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 28.05. 12:00 - 13:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 04.06. 12:00 - 13:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 11.06. 12:00 - 13:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 18.06. 12:00 - 13:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 25.06. 12:00 - 13:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This is a course about poems which have touched the nerve of the nation. These poems have won poetry polls, are printed in school textbooks, are read at weddings and funerals, are revered, imitated and ridiculed, are exhibited on billboards and inside underground trains, are "printed as cards to hang up in offices and bedrooms; illuminated text-wise and anthologised to weariness" (Kipling on his poem "If" which was voted Britain's favourite poem of all times in a BBC poll in 1995).
Every week, we will read and discuss one such 'blockbuster poem' and ask what exactly it is that makes it stand out from all the other less loved (or less hated) texts.
As a special treat, British avant garde poet Tony Trehy will join us later in the term to give us an insider view on market forces, publication strategies and the lyric taste of the nation.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

This course aims a) to give students a basic knowledge of core texts of the British lyric canon b) to enable students to communicate their reading experience c) to provide students with theoretical concepts (eg. Assmann's 'canon') to contextualise the notion of 'the canonical' d) to enable students to experience the fun involved in discussing poetry.

Examination topics

Group work, home study, classroom discussion, student presentation, short written report.

Reading list

Texts will be provided.


Association in the course directory

323, 324

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